Farmed Chilean salmon prices have been dropping over the last couple of months as stocks have recovered from March 2016 red tide crisis.  Scottish salmon prices remained stagnant during the European summer holiday and we hope they will soon decrease as we move into fall and winter.  From Denmark, we have a limited supply of a land based farming operation called Sapphire Salmon.  We also carry other premium brand names: Ora King Salmon from New Zealand, Wild Isles Salmon from the Shetland Islands, and Sterling Salmon from Canada.

Wild Salmon Season continues to bring in Coho and Kings from the pacific northwest.  We are receiving beautiful Coho from the Omega rich Yukon River till the middle of September and should see other areas still producing Coho into October.  We may also see Keta salmon in the beginning of October from Johnstown Strait. Currently we are bringing in King Salmon from the Columbia River and expect the fishery to produce into October, but the King season can shut down at any time.  Additionally, we have pin bone out frozen sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, AK that is growing in popularity as a year-round wild salmon for tables with, or without, white table cloths.

Fresh Walleye from the Great Lakes is becoming seasonally available as we move into fall.   Walleye are known to migrate to shallow waters as the water temperature cools, making the fish easier to target and catch.  Currently we have sporadic availability, but we should see consistent supply in the coming months of September and October.  If winter holds off, and ice stays off the lakes it could be into November as well.

California White Seabass Season has come to an end and California Halibut has been harder to find as well.

Alaskan Halibut season continues thru the beginning of November.

Shrimping season from Florida to Mexico is most productive this time of year.  Hurricane Harvey has other plans for shrimping boats in Texas, and we hope for a speedy recovery when the wind and rain finally stops.  We are getting reports of rock shrimp being caught in Florida and hope have a good supply in our facility by the end of the month.  Sept 15th Mexican White shrimp opens and we plan to reload on our dwindling supplies of what many believe are some of the best wild shrimp in the world.

Soft shell crabs are still available for weekend specials.  The soft shell season started in May with a lot of interested, but now we are nearing the end of the season.  Please let us know if you are still interested in these delicious east coast blue crabs.  Alternatively, we do have frozen soft shells available when the season comes to an end in October.

Trout from Idaho have been inconsistent during the hot summer months. This is normal and expected as trout are uncomfortable in higher water temperatures and tend to have a slower growth rate.  The demand for trout during the summer months is at its highest, creating a difficult trend farms can rarely keep up with.  Thank you for your patience if you have experienced some inconvenience this summer.  As we move into fall and water temperatures cool, the farms will start another growth cycle for next summer’s demands.  We should be back to normal supply and demand this fall.

Mahi Mahi has been elusive the past couple of years.   We are experiencing all-time-high price levels on fresh Mahi.  We are getting reports that freezer boats are finding them in much deeper water than their historic migration paths.  It is untold at this time if the lack of Mahi Mahi is due to poor management of fisheries, or ocean warming.  We expect that the fish are still plentiful, but have moved to deeper cooler waters beyond the reach of traditional small fishing boats.  Mahi Mahi grow fast and reproduce quickly, so it is unlikely that these fish have vanished.

The Gulf of Maine is home to the world’s largest Bluefin Tuna that are said to migrate from Europe to South Africa across the Atlantic, up threw the Caribbean, and back up the east coast of USA to Maine and Canada.  They make this migration numerous times within their lives.  Fisheries managers allow a limited harvest of these pelagic beasts with hook and line fishing only to maintain a healthy population of Bluefin Tuna.  We are able to fly them directly to Denver for a premium Tuna product that sushi chefs agree is the best tuna in the world.

As we move into fall in Colorado, New Zealand transitions into spring season bringing a good selection of John Dory, Bluenose Antarctic Butterfish, Cockles, and Greenlipped Mussels.  We are also receiving Ora King Salmon from New Zealand, Best Choice Rated by Seafood Watch.

As tourist season starts to wind down, places like Hawaii, California, and Florida start to have more fish available.  While more fish becomes available, the demand in Rocky Mountain restaurants and grocery stores normally decreased as well.  In November the ski season brings a new wave of demands and we will have another shift of seasonally available seafood.  Please stay tuned as the seas are always changing, we will continue to bring you the freshest seafood from around the world.

 

Chad Pettrone
Sustainability Director
Northeast Seafood